Selasa, 28 Maret 2017

HINDU COMMUNITY SOLEMNLY OBSERVES DAY OF SECLUSION

 By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, March 28 (Antara) - Followers of Hinduism in Indonesia abandoned their routine activities and solemnly observed the Hindu Day of Seclusion on Tuesday to welcome the Saka New Year 1939.
         For instance, in Jakarta, members of the Hindu community visited shrines and were seen deeply engrossed in offering prayers in silence at the Rawamangung's Pura Aditya Jaya shrine in East Jakarta. All corners of the shrine were decorated in white and yellow colors.
         Clad in Balinese traditional attire, devout Hindus who just arrived at the shrine directly knelt down, bowing their heads, joining their hands, and raising them while offering prayers.
         Solitude is the dominant nuance in observing the day of seclusion. Thus, some Hindus visiting the shrine laid prostrate or encircled the shrine while reading a book.
         Indeed, quietness is the essence of the day of silence observed every year. This is in line with prohibitions that should be observed during the catur brata seclusion.
         After a procession ritual, some approached the shrine to take rest, while others went to their homes along with family members.

Senin, 27 Maret 2017

GOVERNMENT SHUTTING DOWN ILLEGAL INVESTMENT FIRMS

by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, March 27 (Antara) - The government, through its Investment-alert Task Force, has, since early this year, shut down the operations of 19 investment companies for not holding permits.
         Comprising seven ministries/state institutions, the task force has been set up to handle bogus investment companies and to prevent investors from falling prey to their operations.
         The task force members are the Financial Service Authority (OJK), Trade Ministry, Communication and Information Technology Ministry, and Cooperatives and Small Enterprises Ministry, Attorney General's Office, National Police, and Capital Investment Coordinating Board.
         According to the OJK, on Sunday (March 26), the investment alert task force had yet again closed the operations of six companies this month after shutting down six illegal investment firms in January and another seven in February.
         "Their operations have the potential to harm the interests of the public and are believed to be breaching the rules," the task force's chief, Tongam L. Tobing, who is also OJK's director for policy and investigation support affairs, said in a written statement in Jakarta on Sunday.

Sabtu, 25 Maret 2017

APP-BASED TAXI SERVICES TO GET THREE-MONTH GRACE PERIOD

 By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, March 25 (Antara) - After operating for several years without any regulations, online taxi services will now have to follow new rules being worked out by the government, which will be implemented from April 1, 2017.
         The new rules, consisting of at least 11 points, are regulated in the revision of Transportation Minister's Regulation No. 32 Year of 2016 on Public Transportation Services Without Fixed Routes.
         Both app-based and conventional taxi services should abide by the new regulations, which consist of 11 points, though online taxi operators have yet to agree with 3 of the 11 points.
         The government will stick to the April 1, 2017, deadline plan to enforce the rules. However, it will grant a grace period of three months until June 30 to both conventional and online taxi services without sanctions if they violated the rules.
          Transportation Minister Budi Karya stated that he will grant the grace period for about three months as a transitional period to both conventional and app-based transportation services to meet the provisions.
         "We stick to enforcing the rule as of April 1, 2017, but we will grant grace period for about three transitional months," the transpiration minister added in Jakarta on Friday.
         The minister made the remarks in his efforts to popularize the transportation minister's regulations No. PM 32 Year of 2016 on Public Transpiration Services Without Fixed Routes that would put in force on April 1.

Jumat, 24 Maret 2017

FOOD AKSI PROGRAM AIMED AT BUILDING FOOD RESILIENCE

 by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, March 25 (Antara) - The launch of the Food Acceleration, Synergy, and Financial Inclusion program, called the Food AKSI program, Friday, in West Sumatra, is expected to maintain food resilience and improve the farmers' welfare in the agricultural sector.
         The Financial Services Authority (OJK) launched the Food AKSI program in Sepuluh Kota District, West Sumatra, which is a synergy policy for accelerating financial inclusion to achieve food sovereignty.
         The program is basically an integrated upstream and downstream financing program in the agricultural sector aimed at increasing the production of agricultural products and the prosperity of farmers in the country.
         "The Food AKSI program is a concrete effort made by the OJK, along with the related ministries, government agencies, and financial service industries, to speed up and improve food sector financing, especially for the 11 main commodities," OJK Chairman D. Hadad stated in Jakarta on Friday.

Kamis, 23 Maret 2017

NTB INTENSIVELY DEVELOPING ITS TOURISM SECTOR

 by Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, March 24 (Antara) - The tourist resort area of Mandalika in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), is one of the 10 tourist destinations in the country that has been accorded priority for development by the government.
         The regional government is using Mandalika to serve as a catalyst for the development of tourism in NTB Province, and to realize this, the province needs adequate financing sources.
         Hence, the NTB chapter of the Financial Service Authority (OJK) has urged banks to increase their credit provisions for the development of tourism infrastructure in the province and to tap its tourism potential.
         Although credits provided by banks to the tourism industry have increased from 2.95 percent in 2015 to 3.25 percent in 2016, the proportion of credits for the tourism sector is still small as compared to the tourism potential of the province, OJK Chief for NTB Yusri had stated in Mataram recently.
         The amount of credit extension in the country in 2016 had amounted to Rp31.55 trillion, up by 29.98 percent from that in the previous year. The growth was the highest in the past five years. The portion of credits provided in NTB in 2016 also increased from 44.43 percent in 2015 to 50.91 percent in 2016.

'SILARIANG' MOVIE REFLECTS BUGINESE ELOPEMENT VALUES

 By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, March 23 (Antara) - Young lovers must fight tooth and nail and remove all kinds of barriers  if they want to maintain their love and pass the aisle into wedlock.
         But what happens if the parents of the two lovers do not agree with their relations? Most commonly in South Sulawesi in the past, the young couples resorted to what is called 'Silariang', a term which in Buginese or Makassarese means elopement.
         In South Sulawesi, Silariang is a big shame that tarnishes the dignity or the self-esteem of parents, particularly the parents of the girl. It often ends up in bloodshed, an occasion which based on tradition in the past, is commonly acceptable to the Buginese people in South Sulawesi.
         Perhaps this value is being reflected in the 'Silaring Movie' that the film is relatively successful in netting moviegoers.
         The Silariang Film --starring Jeyhan Kler as Ali, Dinda Surbakti as Cia, Nurfadillah Naifa as Ati, Ikram Noer as Rio and Husen as Mamak Ramlah--  proved its success to attract film-goers although it is only played at limited movie theaters and is starred by local film artists.

Rabu, 22 Maret 2017

INDONESIA CAUTIONED OF BEING TARGETED BY PEDOPHILES

By Andi Abdussalam
          Jakarta, March 22 (Antara) - Child sexual abuse is one of the problems often faced by Indonesia, and the government is committed to tackling the menace by imposing severe punishment, such as castration, on pedophiles involved in such crimes.
        Despite the government imposing severe punishment, cases of sexual abuse against children continue to occur. Perpetrators of child abuse are taking advantage of the advancements in information technology to develop their networks.
        The Jakarta Police, for instance, had successfully unearthed a pedophile network operating under the account name "Official Candy's Group" on Facebook and arrested its administrators on Tuesday, last week (Mar 14).
        According to the police, the Official Candy's Group network had connections to 11 similar groups that perpetrated crimes against children in several countries. Jakarta Police Head Insp. Gen. Mochammad Iriawan stated at a press conference that the Jakarta Police's Cyber Crime Sub-directorate had arrested four administrators of the group.
        Hence, the Jakarta Police has warned that Indonesia should guard against being targeted by pedophiles who commit sexual violence against children.